Our life is frittered away by detail.
Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden; or, Life in the Woods, 1854*
You are incorrigible. Since you saw those foldable japanese rubber boots on Swiss-miss blog, you can't help thinking of them. These japanese wellies were initially designed to answer the need of space in many japanese homes. Rolled down and secured with a heavy-weight rubber band, they take up little more space than a pair of Cinderella shoes. You want to believe Henry David Thoreau himself would not have been averse to counting them as one of his few possessions but really you know you are cheating yourself.
* The Thoreau reader annotated works by H. D. Thoreau, Chapter 2 Where I lived, and what I lived for
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1 Thoreau's cove, Lake Walden, Concord, Massachusetts, 1900-1910. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.